tv Listening Post Al Jazeera November 9, 2013 5:30pm-6:01pm EST
hello. you are at the "lining post." we are looking at egypt where most of the voices in the media are lining up behind the military government. those who do not are getting much less air time. . kenya and the fall out from the siege at the mall in nairobi. new rules for the media. reporters don't like them. what's with the israeli journalists moving into politics? commuting the boarding sentence of the new york city
subway conductor in our web video of the week. >> when egyptians turned on their televisions, they saw someone they haven't seen in more than four months, their former president. he was in court charged with incitement to cause murder. some journalists were allowed in, but they had to check their phones, cameras and recording devices at the door. it was a carefully core gravelled media event which gave egyptian-state owned media control over how much attention morsi would receive. >> that's as little as possible. since morsi and the muslim brotherhood were ousted, most have supported the transitional authorities. the voices of dissent are growing quieter. the government's backers seem to lack a sense of humor. basa may. ouusef's show was pulled minutes before going on the air after he mocked the public fervor for the egyptian army. his channel which stood shoulder to shoulder with yousef when the morsi government went with him wasn't willing do that.
it suspended his broadcast. our starting point this week is cairo where the army holds power and the bulk of the egyptian media seem happy to march in step. the arrest ab picking word for histercal is hysteri used that word to describe mohammed morsi in his first court appearance. al basmati waton went off script saying morsi had a screaming fit. egyptian newspapers are popular. in a country he trees with a lit racy rate of 70%, television packs a punch and that's where the change has occurred. >> what they have done in terms of controlling media coverage is that they have shut down most islamist media outlets and the framing of the trial. t.v. was running on loop footage of some of the violence by
pro-morsi protesters, a montage of duplicity and violence by the broth brotherhood. the entire establishment media is very much framed it as he is already guilty. >> the state television was the only tell vision network that was permitted to release video graphic content from the trial. conversely, there is a private newspaper that has taken a very strong stance in support of the interim government. they, too, were given an opportunity to produce leaks from the trial. so, in a sense, it's an attempt to arkansas tech structurally steer public discourse around the trial in a particular direction without appearing to be muz ling the media. >> one private channel called on t.v. delved into the former president's state of mind with a little gossip.
on it. v is where sat rift basal yousef got his start. he was a hero in >> carmen harlan: square for mocking politicians and the media outlets that supported them. he kept that the up under morsi, was repeatedly threatened with legal action. cbc backed him and never took his show off of the air until he secured e jipingsdz for their support of the army. scanni >> bassam yousef's show was pulled off the air because he dared poke fun at the military, not at the defense minister
directly but he made fun of the blind i'dlization of the defense minister. how women have been swept off their feet, so i think he dared venture into ground that was untouchable. authorities want to keep the military in that sacred place. it's the new red line, as it had always been pre-revolution. >> the content of the episode, i don't think it was over reach, trespassing on any one person or even the institution at large. i think the egyptian people can live through that and i expect them to come back even if not with this network, with another. and i think that's important for the egyptians freedom of expression is the basically right. >> we were told managing director mohammed hani asserted that cbc as well as many other
egyptian media firms boycott al jazeera. like bassam yousef, it was wildly popular with the egyptian people in the days of the tahrir square protest. like yousef now, that is no longer the case. >>aj is currently viewed, i think, with a lot of hostility in egypt because there has been a concerted am pain against it by other media in egypt. it's been associated very strongly with the muslim brotherhood, and access arabic can perhaps be fairly criticized for having ben biased toward the islamists. >> unfortunately, the al jazeera
network has become sort of persona non-grata, airing content in favor of the muslim brotherhood. so the response in egyptian society has been absolute condemnation, complete boycott. many of them have decided they will not interact with the al jazeera brand in its entirety. >> many of the people who filled tahrir square demanding change, many egyptian journalists who covered that story are the very same people now willing to curtail media freedom. the argument they make that he can odes across the airwaves is that stability matters more now than the freedoms that people for the, even died for then. that's a tough call. but even if they did not get it right, the question egyptians must ask themselves is: once freedom of expression and freedom of the press are surrendered in the name of stability, how does a country get them back? >> egyptians want a real path
toward a democratic, political forces cher you can vote politicians in and out based upon their work and the media has to always been the eye on all of this. and the force authority on all of this. >> journalists will have to wake up a year from now and realize that the manner in which specific events was covered in these last few months has been problematic and one needs to do their job in a professional way without the fear that the country is going to collapse or dissent great. >> in this is going to be a real, genuine democratic transition, there needs to be a free media. this can only happen if journalists, themselves, say no to 7 soarship and take a start. without that happening, i think we will lose it, and the culture of fear will return.
our global village voices on the state of journalnism post-morsi egypt. >> i am not going to sit here and tell you the media , there can't be any doubt the media is not holding the pow -- those in power, but the state media is playing its own role in helping to tow the army line. >> the media outlets, besieging the media, threatening threat epping to close many outlets which are against them. on the other hand, the current generallyi regime, where is the sense of nationalism? it dpijdz upon what prepares
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showing soldiers looting and they tried to pressure the journalists into revealing sources and threatened today arrest reportsers. he any journalist found to have committed misconduct can, under that law, be hit with fines as high as $200,000. they can be banned from working anywhere in the media. journalists all over the country opposed the legislation. the biggest selling newspaper there, the daily nation, gave it front page coverage and headline saying, "no, mr. president requested. the president has since promised to look into what he describes as the gray areas of the law. international press freedom watchdogs are keeping an eye on this story. the tom rhodes said this bill realizes the media's worst nightmare where government makes it's selfed judge and jury of what journalists say and how they say it. >> two officials from a freedom organization has been expelled from ssri lanka.
jackie park and jane working ton are with the international federation of journalists, the ifg. they were arrested october 30th during a workshop with sh shri lankan journalists from the f.m. 4 m. the two were questioned for two days being being allowed to fly home but only after i know vet gators had erased all of the information from ms. park's laptop. >> she described the motives of the questioners from the kinds of questions we had over the two days, she said, it was clear it was kind of a witch hunt against the local media. that was echoed by journalists in sri lankar. we have serious doubts about our own safety and that of independent journalists." they are sure to come up in columnbo november 10th. sri lanka ranks near the bottom in the press freedom index, 162 out of 17.
both french forces and malian police are continuing an investigation into the mud of two journalists from france who were shot dead while reporting in northern mali. 57-year-old and audio technician were last receive when armed meng bundled them. french forces found the journalists two hours later. left on a desert track outside the town of kadal, which is the birthplace of the uprising that plunged mali into chaos last year. they were both highly experienced in difficult reporting conditions traveling to northern mali despite warnings of the risks involved where rebel forces regrouped since the french military intervention earlier this year. in paris, the president called the killings a despicable act. his foreign ministers described them as cold and calculated assassinations.
9 months ago, the new israeli parliament was sworn in. there were a lot of familiar faces from the media. roughly 1 out of 10 members of the kinesset were former journalists. not back benchers, the leader of the country's second most popular party and the labor party both came out of the studios of channel 2. having made their careers scrutinizing the nation's politicians more and more journalists are with the help of voters infiltrating the kinesset: the father of political zinism, theodore hertz he will was a journalist. by the 1950s, much of the israeli press was dominated by party-owned newspapers with many members of the kinesset doubling as full-time writers. what is it about israeli society today that more and more journalists are cashing in on their high-profiles, trading reporting for politics? the listening post's flo
phillips on what this means for governance in israel and for the media. >> throughout israeli relatively short history, media and politics have been closely intertwined, perhaps never more so than in the current crop of journalists turned politicians, sworn in to the 19th kinesset, a bunch of polished mks who applied the journalism skills to another field: politics. >> there used to be generals and lawyers and now journalists. i think it has to do about the change inisii society. either you like or don't like the candidate. it wasn't about party. it was will i vote for this candidate or that candidate? the parties were out. >> the changes that took place in two ways, one in the political realm where parties
became less important and what happened in the last 10 years is that this objective independent media has changed its nature in israel, journalists became very much opinionated like americans, like fox, and msnbc. so they do put forward their position and suddenly you realize that these are not n neutral professionals but politicians in different costume. >> arapid is an example. we saw the rise of the journalist or media person as a celeb. once that happened, popular pi politics went up. the two things emerged in a way and gave rise to the possibility that a journalist or media person who is a celeb could go quickly and e financiefficientl
politics. >> lapid made it look easy. take a look at this. back in 2005, he interviewed another journalist turned politician. then he did exactly the same he gave up his anchor chair, formed a party and ran for prime minister. now he is prime minister netanyahu's chief coalition partner, finance minister. what [crossing the line mean? >> khi left my paper, my friends, journalists, were offended. they saw me as a traitor. i changed family. i divorced my first family. so you are asking me a question? you see left your wife for someone else. did you like it? of course not.
it's the same. all of the sudden, you are judged differently. the trend to cover politics cynically which is harmful is personally felt by journalists who were across to the other side. >> many journalists spends careers covering, journalizing, securing politicians, sometimes even skewing what they say. clearly they consider journalism the ideal training ground for politics. they think they know how politics works. but do they really? does knowing the kinesset from the outside prepare them to work on the inside? >> absolutely not and i can tell you because i was a journalist and i became involved in politicians. relations between journalists and politicians are very close, but if you are talking in general terms, journalists know they are good politicians. we meet in a world where someone who knows nothing and didn't do anything in his life suddenly
wants to be prime minister. >> they are under-prepared for. at the end of the day, lapid could be a wonderful journalist. he is a talented writer. he takes nothing, you know, leaves nothing to chance. at the end of the day, he has no clue about it. >> it's moving from being a spectator to being an actor. >> i have written extensively for 25 years. i thought maybe by moving to the action, i would change the face of israel which turned out to be wrong. >> it's not as easy as i thought. >> it didn't work for daniel bensomon. that has done nothing to go deter others. israel has mandatory military service, where one's record in the army traditionally paved the path to parliament. >> that's changing because ex-military personnel must stay
out of politics for three years, an obligat tory cooling off period. when some mks tried to pass a similar bill for journalists, it was ejected. the like between politics and journalism is becoming more blurred. as more people cross it, it is facing role as a check on power. the head of labor in 2006. about two months later, he welcomed her into the labor party so people said the interview was, you know, very soft and very complementing because she was already planning her moved in to politics. tra >> translator: now, there is distruck and basically, i think it's a positive thing obviously, when a journalist moves to politics, he hurts his own profession because they say you
have a hidden agenda. it is a major problem. unfortunately, most of my friends left journalism for politics in a matter of a few weeks, which is a prostitution of the profession. >> that's why. journalists and politicians are the least trusted professions in israel. >> that was confirmed by the institute for democracy on public trust and state institutions. at the very bottom of the pile, journalists and politicians separated only bitionis's religious leaders. >> they distrust the military, the security forces, they get about 80, 90 percents, and the media, the kinesse, the parties, they get about 20, 25, 30%. so the israeli don't trust the media. they don't trust politicians. >> perhaps that's because today's journalists tend to become tomorrow's politicians. >> it's a revolving door.
most of the traffic in israel is heading in the same direction. in search of power. more global village voices between the well worn path from journalism to politics. >> in israel, i don't think journalists are well prepared to be politicians. i think that as journalists, they are required to sit on the fence and criticize whatever they see in front of them and not to take the real decision that the government has to take or that any political figure has to take. but what they do have is a brand. they are well known. everyone knows their faces. everyone thinks something of them. i think this is what has happened in israel when we had some kind of leadership vacuum. >> the leadership of the fourth estate, most are connected today politicians and they are not playing their role as checks and
>> things changed in this next viral video. being a subway conductor has monotonous moments. part of the job rirpz conductors to point at a black and white strip at the center of each station platform to confirm the train has stopped at the bright spot. some stood underneath those strips holding up a sign and getting a laugh out of the conductorses, one of those little things that has racked up 1.2 million hits online so far. the new york subway sign experiment is our web video of the week. we will see you next time at the list "the listening post."
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